Recycling Your Christmas Tree in Vancouver

How & Where to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree
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When it comes to Christmas trees and the environment, there may still be a debate between real vs. artificial trees, but there is no debate about this: If you have a real Christmas tree in Vancouver, you should recycle it.

Not only do recycled Christmas trees reduce holiday waste, they are turned into reusable compost that provides valuable soil nutrients. Groups that recycle the trees also make thousands of dollars for charity via money and canned-food donations. (So don't forget to "tip"!)

Tip: Trees must be cut (not potted) and without any adornment--so take off all tinsel and lights!

Charity Christmas Tree Recycling - Recycling by Donation ($5 suggested)

Lions Club Christmas Tree Recycling - proceeds benefit local charities
2017 Dates TBA

  • Kerrisdale Community Ice Rink parking lot (East Boulevard north of 41st Avenue)
  • Kits Beach parking lot (Cornwall and Arbutus Street)
  • Sunset Beach upper parking lot (Pacific Boulevard and Broughton Street)
  • RONA Home and Garden Grandview Store (2727 East 12th Avenue - overflow parking lot south of 12th Avenue)

City Recycling - Drop-Off Recycling Stations

You can drop off your tinsel-free Christmas trees at these locations, for a fee:

  • 5400 72nd Street, Delta
  • 377 West Kent Ave North, Vancouver

Curbside Recycling

7am on January 16, 2017 
If the City of Vancouver collects your food scraps / yard waste, you can leave your Christmas tree at the curb for pick up by 7am on January 16. To have it picked up curbside, you must remove all non-organic components (no tinsel!) and lay the tree on its side one metre from your green bins / garbage. Do not bag the tree, put it inside any container, or use string or bags to hold it. 

For more on Christmas in Vancouver, see the Vancouver Christmas Guide.